2017 Awards Programme

AWARDS FINALIST’S PRESENTATIONS DAY

Driving Prosperity from Science & Innovation

9:45 am
Registration – refreshments on arrival
10:30 am
James Hutchinson

Opening Address — James Hutchinson, CEO, Kiwi Innovation Network Ltd

James is passionate about the important role that science and the scientific community have to play in growing our economy into new high-tech and knowledge-based sectors, informing public policy and in changing our world for the better. He has experience in supporting research & innovation in the UK and internationally with a particular focus on the life sciences and global societal challenges.

James led a team of highly-knowledgeable programme specialists to develop and implement a programme of science policy, advocacy, networking, conferences, workshops and other initiatives, working in close partnership with the international chemical science community. He is an experienced project leader who has a strong track record of working with government, industry and academia at senior levels.

10:35 am
Brian Russell

Master of Ceremonies: Brian Russell

Brian Russell is a Tech Entrepreneur, Investor and Director. He has 25 years experience in Global Commercialisation, Venture Financing and Innovation. Brian was CEO, Founder of Zephyr Technology Corp (acquired by Covidien COV: NYSE in 2014), a global leader in wearable sensors. Brian has 11 years experience in Start Up and financing with Venture Capital and strategic investors. His experience includes co-development and commercialisation strategic negotiations for companies such as Under Armour, 3M and Motorola. He’s also a subject matter expert in wearable and remote physiological monitoring and has patents in optics, Silicon Chips, control systems, wearable sensors, physiological algorithms and wireless solutions. Brian is a Board member of Return on Science and advises companies on market entry, science based development roadmaps and investment/exit strategies. The CEO and Founder of Contempo Lab, Brian combines a wealth of technology and business expertise to drive business growth.

10:40 am
Norman F. B. Barry Foundation

Norman F. B. Barry Foundation Emerging Innovator Award — Finalists' Presentations

This award recognises an upcoming entrepreneurial researcher who is making outstanding contributions to business innovation or is creating innovative businesses in New Zealand through technology licencing, start-up creation or by providing expertise to support business innovation.

Presentations from:

  • Dr Saad Hussain, Scion: Growing New Zealand’s forest-based bioeconomy with packaging innovations
  • Dr Geoff Rodgers, University of Canterbury: Seismic damping for buildings and joint implant diagnostics
  • Dr Daniel Xu, University of Auckland and Spark 64: UVLens ®personal UV management tool
11:45 am

Judging time

11:55 am
MinterEllisonRuddWatts

MinterEllisonRuddWatts Research & Business Partnership Award — Finalists’ Presentations

This award recognises the deeply embedded working relationship between a research organisation and business that delivers significant commercial value for New Zealand.

Presentations from:

  • Defence Technology Agency and MetOcean Solutions: SurfZoneView - a software safety tool for beach landings
  • The Malaghan Institute (MIMR) and the Hunan Zhaotai Medical Group (HZMG): Trialling CAR-T cell immunotherapies for cancer
  • University of Auckland, Orion Health and Waitemata District Health Board: Precision Driven Health
12:35 pm
Judging time and networking activity for entrants and the audience
1:00 pm
Lunch and networking
2:00 pm
Baldwins

Baldwins Researcher Entrepreneur Award — Finalists’ Presentations

This award recognises an entrepreneurial researcher who has made outstanding contributions to business innovation or has created innovative businesses in New Zealand through technology licencing, start-up creation or by providing expertise to support business innovation.

Presentations from:

  • Prof Richard Furneaux, Victoria University of Wellington: Carbohydrate chemistry innovations
  • Prof Steve Henry, Auckland University of Technology and Kode Biotech: Bioactive paint - Kode™ Technology
  • Dr Mark Sagar, University of Auckland and Soul Machines: Emotionally intelligent avatars
3:05 pm

Judging time

3:15 pm
PwC

PwC Commercial Deal Award - Finalists Presentations

The commercial deal award celebrates excellence in research commercialisation delivering outstanding innovation performance and the potential for generating significant economic impact for New Zealand.

Presentations from:

  • ESR: STRmix™ - Unravelling DNA mixtures to solve crime
  • Viclink: Licensing medical drug compounds from Victoria University of Wellington to Biocryst
  • UniServices: Soul Machines - humanizing the interface between man and machines
4:15 pm

Insights from the Frontline of Commercialisation

Hear insights from the Awards finalists about their best and worst experiences of commercialising research and what they learned from them.

4:30 pm
BNZ

Vote for the winner of the BNZ Supreme Award

Recognises the presenter/s voted by their peers for research commercialisation excellence that is well presented and inspires others - the spirit of the KiwiNet Awards!

You’ve seen the presentations and heard their stories - now’s your chance to vote for your favourite!

4:35 pm

Close of the day event - Free time till 6pm, if you’re staying on for the evening.

AWARDS EVENING RECEPTION

Driving Prosperity from Science & Innovation

6:00 pm
Networking drinks and canapés served – networking time
7:00 pm
Te Radar (Andrew J Lumsden)

Welcome by Master of Ceremonies Te Radar

Te Radar (Andrew J Lumsden) is an award-winning satirist, documentary maker, writer, stage and screen director, failed gardener, and amateur historian. He was also the presenter of six top rating TVNZ documentary series, Global Radar, Radar Across the Pacific, Radar’s Patch, Off the Radar, Homegrown and Hidden In The Numbers.

As well as performing comedy both locally and internationally he has worked for Radio New Zealand, The New Zealand Herald, Metro, TVNZ, Maori TV, TV3, Alt TV, Kiwi FM, and various other publications. He has twice won the Qantas Media Award for Best Humour Column for his New Zealand Herald columns. He recently received an honorary Master of Arts degree from Wintec for his contribution to Media and Entertainment.

Te Radar appears by arrangement with Johnson & Laird Management.

7:07 pm
Hon Ruth Richardson

Opening Address – Hon Ruth Richardson, KiwiNet Board Chairman

The Honourable Ruth Richardson, the former New Zealand Minister of Finance, has considerable involvement in the local and international business community chairing the Jade Software Corporation Ltd, SYFT Technologies Ltd, Synlait Ltd and the KULA Fund. Ruth is also a director of Synlait Milk Ltd, NZ Merino Company Ltd and Ruth Richardson (New Zealand) Limited.


7:17 pm
Graham Scown

Presentation – Graham Scown, Director, Return on Science

Graham is programme director for Return On Science, which focuses on bringing new research to market from universities, research institutions, and private companies. Return on Science services include:

  • a full commercialisation programme
  • connections with investors and entrepreneurs
  • industry connectivity and engagement
  • top-tier expert panel advice
7:20 pm
Hon Paul Goldsmith

Keynote Presentation – Hon Paul Goldsmith

Hon Paul Goldsmith Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, Minister of Science and Innovation, and Minister for Regulatory Reform.

First elected off the National Party list in 2011, Paul served as the Chair of the Parliamentary Finance and Expenditure Select Committee. Following the 2014 General Election he was appointed Minister of Commerce and Consumer Affairs and Associate Minister for ACC.

Before entering Parliament, Paul created his own business as a historian and biographer focusing on New Zealand’s history and economic development. His last books were biographies of Alan Gibbs (Serious Fun) and Sir William Gallagher (Legend). Between 2007 and 2010 he served as an Auckland City Councillor. Paul is an enthusiastic pianist and has a broad interest in the arts; he is a 2nd dan black belt in Tae Kwon Do and plays on the right wing for the Parliamentary Rugby team.

7:30 pm
Norman F. B. Barry Foundation

Presentation of the Norman F. B. Barry Foundation Emerging Innovator Award

This award recognises an upcoming entrepreneurial researcher who is making outstanding contributions to business innovation or is creating innovative businesses in New Zealand through technology licencing, start-up creation or by providing expertise to support business innovation.

7:40 pm
MinterEllisonRuddWatts

Presentation of the MinterEllisonRuddWatts Research & Business Partnership Award

This award recognises the deeply embedded working relationship between a research organisation and business that delivers significant commercial value for New Zealand.

7:50 pm

Guest speaker

8:00 pm

Intermission — light refreshments served

8:40 pm
Professor Cather Simpson

Guest presentation Professor Cather Simpson – 2016 Winner of the KiwiNet Researcher Entrepreneur and Supreme Awards

Professor Cather Simpson is a physicist and chemist at the University of Auckland, with specific expertise in lasers and photonics. While photonics can be a very high-tech domain requiring a formidable understanding of fundamental science, Cather also has a deeply entrepreneurial streak that has led to significant commercial outcomes over the past 6 years. This was recognised when Cather won both the Researcher Entrepreneur and the Supreme Awards categories in the 2016 KiwiNet Research Commercialisation Awards.

In 2010 she founded the Photon Factory, which has attracted over $3m of commercial contracts. This has more recently led to the formation of two new startup ventures; Orbis Diagnostics Ltd, which has attracted investment and Engender Technologies Ltd, which employs 6 staff and has attracted significant private investment. Orbis Diagnostics Ltd is developing exciting new technology for the dairy industry – to carry out "point of cow" analyses of milk composition in the milking shed.

Engender Technologies Ltd is a spin-off company commercialising the use of microfluidic and photonic technology to improve sorting of sperm by sex for the dairy industry. It was co-founded by the University of Auckland and seed investment company Pacific Channel. Cather is the founding scientist and chief science officer. The new technology is improving both efficiency of sorting and performance of sex-sorted sperm by avoiding electric fields and reducing shear stress on the sperm membrane during processing. In 2016 Engender signed a $1m deal with a Asia's largest animal genetics company. In 2017 Engender was named as one of the '5 Most Innovative International Startups at Series A and Beyond' by Agfunder, an equity crowdfunding site based in San Francisco.

With such an impressive track record of commercial engagement, Cather demonstrates how University researchers can use cutting edge science to power business innovation and grow the economy.

8:50 pm
Baldwins

Presentation of the Baldwins Researcher Entrepreneur Award

This award recognises an entrepreneurial researcher who has made outstanding contributions to business innovation or has created innovative businesses in New Zealand through technology licencing, start-up creation or by providing expertise to support business innovation.

9:00 pm
PwC

Presentation of the PwC Commercial Deal Award

The commercial deal award celebrates excellence in research commercialisation delivering outstanding innovation performance and the potential for generating significant economic impact for New Zealand.

9:10 pm

Presentation from Strategic Sponsor — Bank of New Zealand

9:15 pm
BNZ

Presentation of the BNZ Supreme Award

This award celebrates the supreme entry which demonstrates overall excellence in all core areas of research commercialisation. It recognises the presenter/s, as voted by their peers and the Awards Judges, for research commercialisation excellence that is well presented and inspires others - the spirit of the KiwiNet Awards!

9:25 pm

Close of Event